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Herefordshire’s Hidden Extras

Tour Guides for Herefordshire and Welsh Boarder

Marches Tours & Talks – our tour guide association – takes its name from this area of western England, which is called ‘The Marches’ meaning a ‘boundary’ – the boundary between England and Wales. One of the counties in these Marcher lands is Herefordshire – still a secret place known only to those who really seek it out. Here you will see an unspoilt rural landscape at its most beautiful, where you can wander and walk. We have no motorways and no theme parks – just a slower pace of life which gives you time to think and relax.

Each of the CDs are on sale at £5 from local Tourist information centres or direct from marches Tours and Talks (£6 inc p&p) or visit http://www.marchestourstalks.co.uk/

  • ‘The Golden Valley & Beyond’ (via Longtown, Craswall, Hay-on-wye, Peterchurch and Abbeydore)
  • ‘The Black & White Villages’ (vis Leominster, Weobley, Kington, Pembridge, Earisland)
  • ‘Ledbury and Beyond’ (via Much Marcle, Much Cowarne, Bishop’s Frome, Castle Frome and Bosbury)
  • ‘Ross-on-Wye & Beyond’ (via Goodrich, Yat Rock, The Kymin, Monmouth, Garway and Hoarwithy)
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The Forest of Dean Morris Men dancing to celebrate St Georges Day

The Forest of Dean Morris Men will be dancing here at Wilton Court Ross on Wye at 6.00 pm on St George’s Day- Saturday 23rd April. Come and join in on the fun!

Hoping to join them on the day will be Wimberley Cloggers and Wild Oats Morris

For more information call Barry on 01594 824177 http://myweb.tiscali.co.uk/forestofdeanmorris/

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Marche-The midlands association for restaurants, caterers, hotels and entertainment

More than ever before, the Midlands’ hospitality and tourism industry is critical to the Region’s success. Awareness of the Region nationally and internationally, as a thriving business center, as an unmatched location for tourism and with an unrivaled selection of locations for events – is at its highest ever level.
Marche is committed to promoting and protecting the interests of the industry. With a membership drawn from independents or part of a chain, large or small, supplier or service provider – Marche provides a unique focus for organisations of all sizes from every relevant section of the industry.
Another exciting MARCHE Awards for Excellence Ceremony took place on Sunday 27 March at The International Convention Centre in the heart Birmingham, centre of our region. Over 100 tables of guests cheered to finalists as they waited to hear the results of the competitions. Katie Ruddock , Assistant Manager of Wilton Court Restaurant with rooms was ’Highly Commended in the Manager of Tomorrow Category ( Pictured centre with Mark Blake deputy chairman Marche  and sponsor – Heath Thomas , Antony Collins Solicitors. Well done Katie many congratulations on your achievement.  Daniel Lewis commis chef was also one of the 12 finalists in the young chef category.

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Climate Week

One week to show how we can combat climate change- 21 to 27 March 2011
Thousands of events and activities are highlighting the positive steps being taken to help combat climate change, are being planned by organisations from every sector for the UK’s first Climate Week.
Climate Week is backed by every part of society- from the Prime Minister to Paul McCartney, the NHS to the National Trust, Girl guiding UK to the CBI, the Big Fund Lottery Fund to the National Association of Head Teachers.
Climate Week is sponsored by a Headline Partner- Tesco- and four Supporting Partners- Aviva, EDF Energy, Kelloggs and RBS.
Organisations can get involved right now by starting a plan an event for Climate Week, entering the prestigious Climate Week Awards or registering to take part in the UK’s biggest ever live environmental competition, the Climate Week Challenge. They can also spread the word in advance, so that others find out about Climate Week in time to plan their own activities.
Individuals can help right now by asking the organisations they know- such as their workplace or local school- to plan an event or activity for Climate Week.
To find out more about Climate Week go to www.climateweek.com, email info@climateweek.com or telephone on 020 3397 2601.
Wilton Court will be arranging a climate pub quiz  later on in the spring and will blog details shortly.

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Events at National Trust properties this spring in Herefordshire and the Wye Valley

What’s on at the National Trust for visitors to Herefordshire and the Wye Valley this spring

Berrington Hall

  • Spring flower weekends   5, 6, 7, 12, 13, 19, 20, 26 to 27 February 11am-4pm
  • Bird box making 21 February, 11am-3pm
  • Heron Walks 4, 17 April & 3 May, 2pm
  • Easter Trails 24, 25 April, 10am-4pm
  • Georgian Weekend 14, 15 May, 10am-5pm  (Free entry for visitors dressed in period costume)
  • World War II weekend 4, 5 June 10am- 5pm (Free entry for visitors dressed in period costumes)

Brockhampton Estate

  • Easter Trails 22-25 April, 11am- 4pm
  • Croft Castle and Parkland
  • Make a nest box 23 February, 11am- 4pm
  • Bunny Hunt 24-25 April, 10am-4pm (Trail ends at 4pm) Last entry to gardens is 5pm
  • Wildflower Walk 29 April, 1pm-4pm Free to children
  • Pumpkin Planters 30 April, 10am-4pm
  • Bluebell Walks 11&20 May, 1pm-4pm  Free to children
  • Falconry with Trevor Hill 30 May, 10am-4pm

The Weir Gardens

  • Make a nest box 24 February, 11am-4pm
  • Spring flower days 22 March, 11am-4pm
  • Pumpkin Planters 20, 27 April, 11am-4pm
  • Easter egg trails 24, 25 April, 11am- 4pm
  • For further details please visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk
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Festivals and Events in Herefordshire

In 2011 Herefordshire will be celebrating the Year of the Orchard with a range of events that will be featured on the cider route,  web site www.ciderroute.co.uk

There’s always something happening in Herefordshire, whatever time of year you decide to visit- food, literary, music and walking festivals, medieval re-enactments, art and crafts, farming and countryside events. Here’s a sample of what’s on.

For details of where to stay or dine during your visit please visit our website www.wiltoncourthotel.com

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Royal Wedding Celebrations at the Wilton Court on 29th April 2011

Prince William and Kates WeddingAt the Wilton Court Restaurant with rooms we are inviting you to join us in celebrating the Wedding of Prince William and Catherine Middleton on Friday 29th April 2011. Arrive on Thursday evening and enjoy a three course dinner in the Mulberry Restaurant from our a la carte menu. After a comfortable nights sleep in one of our individually decorated en suite bedrooms and a tasty breakfast, the celebrations will commence. We will be serving tea coffee and pastries at 10.30.

Full TV coverage of the wedding will be viewed on a large screen from 11.00am followed by a Bellini and canapés and then a sumptuous lunch, served in the Mulberry restaurant. To enjoy the whole royal experience why not stay from £ 250.00 to £290.00 per room for two people sharing. Should you wish to stay an extra night we would be pleased to offer a 10 % discount from our room rates or dinner bed and breakfast packages.

If you find yourself tied up with other commitments why not take a break from your average days dramas and just enjoy lunch? The celebrations will commence at 10.30 to include tea coffee and pastries a glass of Bellini, canapés followed by lunch at £37.50 per person.

For details on our menus please visit www.wiltoncourthotel.com.

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Herefordshire Truffle a card for all seasons

We Accept Truffle HerefordshireHow many of us have a loyalty card loitering in our purses and wallets. Now in the first scheme of its kind in the UK there is now the chance to obtain a loyalty card that is loyal to local shops and businesses in Ross and across Herefordshire.  If you take advantage of this great opportunity cardholders get exclusive treats and offers along with invitations to new product launches as well as exclusive Truffle Cardholder events. The Truffle loyalty card promotes Herefordshire’s local businesses and helps them flourish. In short there will be weekly email of offers from the participating businesses which are collated by Truffle Herefordshire, and sent to cardholders. This will be backed up by a website and viral marketing using Twitter and Facebook. Customers are able to sign up for the scheme at any of 220 shops and business already signed up including shops, restaurants, bars, pubs, nightclubs and many more. You can even sign up from the comfort of your own home by going online to  www.truffleherefordshire.co.uk and the card will be sent to you. Businesses have shared access to Truffle card holders to promote their business to them, and they are part of a scheme that aims to redress the balance from huge corporates to smaller local businesses. This has been made possible with support and funding from Herefordshire Council and Hereford City partnership. Truffle Herefordshire is a Not for Profit Enterprise.

For details of where to stay or dine during your visit please visit our website www.wiltoncourthotel.com. Wilton Court currently extends a 10% discount on food to Truffle card members excluding promotional, Mothering Sunday and private dining menus.

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The Great Pancake Race

Pancake Race March 2011Ross Market Square, Tuesday 8th March from 2.30pm

Prizes for winners and special achievements. There will be a Best Dressed Pinny Competition (sponsored by Essential Sewing) at 4.30pm in the Market Square.

We invite members of the public, the local business community, Charities, Schools, Pubs and all other organisations to the Great Pancake Race on Tuesday 8th March at 2.30pm in Broad Street.

The race is a simple 50m or 100m sprint, each entrant is to provide their own Frying Pan and each person must wear non-slip shoes suitable for running and an apron. Pancakes will be provided and each participant will be required to toss pancakes at the beginning, middle and end of the race.

Entry fee is £1 per person if pre-booked (£3 on the day) Any extra funds raised will be donated to the Association of Ross Traders to raise the profile of the town for the benefit of visitors and traders.

You can download you entry form to the race here.

For details of where to stay or dine during your visit please visit our website www.wiltoncourthotel.com

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Plenty of reasons to visit Ross

Ross on Wye - Stunning location

Attracting visitors to Ross on Wye, the jewel in the crown of the Wye Valley is an on –going task for lot of people , including members of the Association of Ross Traders.

In the summer the Wye Valley AONB  are planning a very special event to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Wye Valley being given this special protection as it was recognised as such a wonderful place.

On Saturday 18th June a Georgian celebration has been planned for Ross. This will feature an historical procession through the town with notable Georgian celebrities such as John Kyrle, Coleridge and Nelson led by local historian and author Heather Hurley. They will progress down to the River Wye where Nelsons trip down the Wye in 1802 will be reconstructed. A Georgian jamboree will be held on Ross Riverside with re-enactors demonstrating various aspects of Georgian life and will feature musket and sword demonstrations, rope making and boat building plus a look at Georgian costume food, wine and music.

The Ross event will also feature the John Kyrle Walk from the bandstand which will open the Herefordshire Walking Festival. For further details please E-mail information@wyevalleyaonb.org.uk

For details of where to stay or dine during your visit please visit our website www.wiltoncourthotel.com

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